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Massage students pursue future in expanding field

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Most massage clients blissfully having their stress rubbed away don’t realize the work that goes into their relaxation. “You are not just standing, rubbing in cream,” said Ann Hibbard, department chair of the Lincoln Campus’ therapeutic massage program. Instead, massage therapists must learn proper body mechanics and science to keep…

Fan sizes up Harry Potter’s latest book

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“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” the sixth book in the series by British author J.K. Rowling, was released Saturday. Like magic, the book flew off the shelf at 250,000 volumes an hour. Mothers, worried that their children will develop back strain, can rest easy as HBP is 200 pages…

Cherryville native makes NYC debut

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The experience of taking care of his elderly mother in Crouse led one New York City actor to pick up his pen and start writing a play. The result was “A Sense of Loss,” Cherryville native Robert Anthony’s first play. The experience encouraged him to write more plays – most…

Fishing since ’49

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Taylor’s Fishing Lake in west Lincoln has provided a place to fish since 1949, and the people keep coming. “I’ve been the owner for 14 years,” said Robert Fredell. “I enjoy meeting all the fisherman. It gives them a place to fish.” Although the lake is no longer operated by…

Car crashes in art filled yard

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One year and five days after a wreck in her front yard caused Rachel Watkins to create protest art, a second car careened off N.C. 18 and crashed. The wreck, which happened during a thunderstorm at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, killed two of Watkin’s crepe myrtle trees, but no one…

Last words in war

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The total number of American deaths during the Civil War trumps that of all other wars combined — from the Revolutionary War to the War in Iraq. “It’s probably the most tragic chapter, the most dramatic chapter, in American history,” said Daniel Barefoot, author of “Let Us Die Like Brave…

Hidden treasures found at Ol’tiques in Lincolnton

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This is the second story in a series on Lincolnton antique shops.) Members of the Ol’tiques, a cooperative antiques shop in Lincolnton, feel they had no choice when it came to expanding their hobby. “It kind of gets in your blood,” said Leslie Costner, a co-op member. Fellow member Denise…

80th birthday

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Local barbecue festival gains national attention

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The Outdoor Life Network (OLN) debuts its series, “All-Star BBQ Showdown” on July 23. Lincolnton’s motorcycle and barbecue festival, Hog Happening, will be the setting for one of the upcoming episodes. The series seeks to crown the ultimate barbecue champion by pitting eight award-winning “BBQ All-Stars” against amateur challengers in…

Home Health nurse treasures job

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West Lincoln resident Ann Hoover enjoys her career at the Home Health Agency in Lincolnton. It allows her to lend her time and skills to help people. “My job is really challenging,” Hoover, 57, said. “It has its rewards, which is seeing the progress of the patient.” Hoover, a registered…